2018 Corporate Award Program

Learn about the Corporate Awards of Excellence and Leadership Award winners. Honorees are recognized at EASNA’s Annual Institute held each year in May. Winners deliver a brief presentation to showcase excellence, innovation, and the positive impact of Employee Assistance Programs in the workplace.

2017 EASNA Corporate & Leadership Awards Announced

Alexandria, VA, April 26, 2017—The Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) announces its 13th Annual Corporate Awards of Excellence winners, and its 3rd Annual Leadership Award. The awards are given yearly to showcase the excellence, innovation, and impact of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) in the workplace. This year’s winners will deliver a brief presentation about their programs at the 29th Annual Institute, EASNA’s Annual Institute, May 10-12, at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

The following companies have been selected as the 2017 Corporate Award winners:

  • In the U.S., the winner is Cargill, Inc., whose EAP is Morneau Shepell.
  • In Canada, the winner is Canadian National, whose EAP is Morneau Shepell.

Cargill, Inc., a multinational company that provides food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services in 70 countries, shows their commitment to integrated health and wellness services to their highly diverse organizational population. Employees speak multiple languages, hail from many locations – many of which are remote in the U.S. and Canada, and have widely varying educational backgrounds.

For Cargill, accessibility to EAP services is made a top priority, and the company succeeds at promoting the use of the EAP and maintains awareness and utilization within a population/industry that typically shies away from using EAP services due to lack of access, understanding or stigma. Over the last two years, employees have reported a 47% improvement in their work attendance; the ability to better cope with job demands increased 62.5%, and 51.5% felt they had better relationships at work as a result of accessing Cargill’s EAP.

CN has an unequalled peer network across Canada comprising more than 330 peers from coast to coast. Peers are trained within the EFAP program and are the ambassadors of the EFAP program. CN has developed a culture of a safe work environment where immediate support by a peer following an accident or a serious injury takes place each time, and is part of their critical incident response protocol. CN has bi-annual meetings with the Senior Advisory Committee that is a joint committee of unions and executives that oversees direction and governance of EFAP recommendations, as well as to address wellness issues.

CN takes into account emerging issues. Training offered to CN’s peers in 2016 included: Mental Health and Resiliency at Work, Grief Awareness, and Communicating in Cross Cultural Blind Spots. The training topics are developed based on the needs voiced by employees to the Senior Manager, EFAP, as well as recommendations from the Senior Advisory Committee meetings.

EFAP user survey highlights that in 2015, at the first session, 41% reported poor or fair mental health. This number dropped to 18% once employees were exposed to EFAP services. For 2016, CN’s EFAP client satisfaction rates were 94%.

CN Rail operates the largest rail network in Canada and is the only transcontinental network in North America. The company operates in eight Canadian provinces and 16 U.S. states. CN Rail offers integrated transportation services: rail, intermodal, trucking, freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution. CN Rail employs an average of 23,000 employees in Canada and the United States and has approximately 21,000 miles of tracks in Canada and the United States.

EASNA’s Leadership Award recognizes an individual who throughout his or her career demonstrated ongoing commitment and support of EAP and workplace health. The third annual Leadership Award will be presented to Ken Dolan-Del Vecchio, LCSW, LMFT, Vice President of Health and Wellness at Prudential Financial. Dolan-Del Vecchio was nominated by FEI Behavioral Health.

Dolan-Del Vecchio in collaboration with medical leadership, created, developed and administered the Prudential health and wellness organization, which coordinates and implements a unique array of services including onsite medical, EAP, work-life, financial, disability management, employee education and critical incident response. His rigorous re-evaluation of employee health has dramatically redefined Prudential’s understanding of wellness, establishing it as a corporate model of well-being.

Dolan-Del Vecchio is a nationally recognized expert on mental health and the workplace and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Smart Money, Fox Business News, and other media. He is the author of three books. In 2016, he was named Corporate Leader of the Year by the National Alliance of Mental Illness’ NYC-Metro Chapter. Ken earned his bachelor’s degree in biopsychology at Cornell University and his Master’s degree in social work at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

An independent panel of judges reviews Corporate and Leadership Awards submissions and evaluates them on a series of criteria that underscore the importance of integrating the services of an EAP provider to ensure the health and well-being of the company’s workforce.

As the employee assistance industry’s trade association, EASNA advances the competitive excellence of its members by fostering best practices, research, education, and advocacy in behavioral health and wellness that impacts workplace performance.

Previous Corporate Award Winners

2017 Winners

  • Canada: Canadian National, whose EAP is Morneau Shepell.
  • United States: Cargill, Inc. whose EAP is Morneau Shepell.

2016 Winners

  • Canada: Emco Corporation, whose EAP is Morneau Shepell.
  • United States: Providence Health & Services, whose EAP is Beacon Health Options.

2015 Winners

  • Canada: CBC/Radio-Canada.
  • United States: American Express, whose EAP is ValueOptions, a Beacon Health Options Company

2014 Winners

  • In Canada the winner is Peel Regional Police, whose EAP is Morneau Shepell.
  • In the US the winner is Abbott, whose EAP is Ceridian LifeWorks.

2013 Winners

  • Michelin North America–Canada, Inc., whose EAP is Morneau Shepell, Canada
  • US Coast Guard, whose EAP is ValueOptions, US

2012 Winners

  • In Canada the winner was Apotex Inc.; their EAP is Source Line.
  • In the US the winner was Michelin North America; their EAP is ValueOptions.

2011 Winners

  • Atomic Energy of Canada Limited; their EAP is Shepell.fgi, Canada
  • The Home Depot; their EAP is ValueOptions, US

2010 Winners

  • Ontario Power Generation, whose EAP provider is Shepell.fgi, Canada
  • Johnson & Johnson, whose EAP provider is Value Options, US

2009 Winners

  • Hydro One, Canada
  • United Parcel Service, US
  • Special Recognition Award, Standard Bank Group and its EAP provider, ICAS Southern Africa

2008 Winners

  • Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), Canada
  • Genesis Health System, US

2007 Winners

  • University of Toronto
  • Partner’s Healthcare

2006 Winners

  • Canada Post
  • Johnson & Johnson

2005 Winners

  • Bank of Nova Scotia
  • Verizon